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Freemasons

Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Masonic symbol corona.
Freemasonry's impact on America is more significant than anything that speculation would hold. A movement that emerged from the Reformation, Freemasonry was the widespread and well-connected organization. It may seem strange for liberal principles to coexist with a secretive society but masonry embraced religious toleration and liberty principles, helping to spread them through the American colonies.
In a young America, Masonic ideals flourished. In Boston in 1775, Freemasonic officials who were part of a British garrison granted local freemen of color the right to affiliate as Masons. The African Lodge No. 1. was named after the order's founder, Prince Hall, a freed slave. It represented the first black-led abolitionist movement in American history.
One of the greatest symbols of Freemasonry, the eye-and-pyramid of the Great Seal of the United States, is still on the back of the dollar bill. The Great Seal's design was created under the direction of Benjamin Franklin (another Freemason), Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.
Freemasonry principles strengthened America's founding commitment to the individual's pursuit of meaning. Beyond fascination with symbolism and secrecy, this ideal represents Freemasonry's highest contribution to U.S. life.
Freemasons rejected a European past in which one overarching authority regulated the exchange of ideas. Washington, a freemason, in a letter to the congregation of a Rhode Island synagogue wrote: "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it was the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily, the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens..." Freemasonry's most radical idea was the coexistence of different faiths within a single nation.
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[Masonic chart]

[Masonic chart]

This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Humphreys.

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in a mason's garb]

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in...

Copyright Alex. Washn. Lodge #22, A.F.& A.M., Alexandria, Va.

Masonic School Medal

Masonic School Medal

Medalist: William Mossop (Irish, Dublin 1751–1804/06 Dublin)

Freemason

Freemason

Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)

Freemasons

Freemasons

Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)

Diploma for the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after François Boucher

Diploma for the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after François Boucher

Pierre Philippe Choffard (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)

Diploma of the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after François Boucher

Diploma of the Freemasons of Bordeaux, after François Boucher

Pierre Philippe Choffard (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)

Allegorical diagrams representing 2d Degree of Rosicrucians: Teppich

Allegorical diagrams representing 2d Degree of Rosicrucians: Teppich

Illus. in: Gravf von Lohrbach, Die Theoretischen ... Zweite Stuffeder Rosen Kreutzer ... [Regensburg, 1785], oppos. pp. 4 and 5. Ref. copy may be in LOT 4401 C. This record contains unverified data from caption card.

Masonic Hall, Philadelphia

Masonic Hall, Philadelphia

Print showing street view of Masonic Hall in Philadelphia. 617 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. To James Milnor Esqr. R.W.G.M. and Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania this plate is inscribed by their brother W. ... more

Masonic Medal

Masonic Medal

Possibly engraved by C. Foote Made in United States

Masonic Hall from "A Book of the United States: exhibiting its geography, divisions, constitution and government ... together with a condensed history of the land ... the biography of about three hundred of the leading men; a description of the principal cities and towns; with statistical tables ... Edited by G. Mellen. With engravings, etc"

Masonic Hall from "A Book of the United States: exhibiting its geograp...

This image has been taken from scan 000316 from "A Book of the United States: exhibiting its geography, divisions, constitution and government ... together with a condensed history of the land ... the biography... more

[Unidentified man, about 60 years of age, in Masonic regalia, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the left, seated at table with tablecloth]

[Unidentified man, about 60 years of age, in Masonic regalia, three-qu...

Written on back of plate: 501(X). Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

[Exterior view of masonry church with axial tower entrance and spire]

[Exterior view of masonry church with axial tower entrance and spire]

Perspective drawing showing exterior of church. Exhibit loan 4105-L. Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1996:111.UNID.3

Mr. MacDonald in Masonic vestments

Mr. MacDonald in Masonic vestments

Portrait by Burgess Portrait Studio, Edmonton. A3190, [192-].

[Laying the cornerstone of the new Masonic temple, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

[Laying the cornerstone of the new Masonic temple, Philadelphia, Penns...

Date and photographer attribution from a half-tone illustration by Frank H. Taylor in P&P collections File. Note with daguerreotype: "Re-sealed but plates were probably reversed the last time this was opened" W... more

Hibernian Benevolent Institution, incorporated 1833 / design and on stone by J. Queen ; P.S. Duval Lith. Philada.

Hibernian Benevolent Institution, incorporated 1833 / design and on st...

Print shows at center, beneath an eagle perched on an Irish harp, is a woman attending to a sick man as two well-dressed men enter the room; on the left are two horses and a shield above the motto "Virtue Liber... more

Paris, New York & Philadelphia fashions for spring & summer 1855, published & sold by F. Mahan, No. 186 Chesnut Street, Philadelphia / P.S. Duval & Co's Steam lith. Press, Philada.

Paris, New York & Philadelphia fashions for spring & summer 1855, publ...

Print shows in two horizontal panels, at top, men, a woman, and two children standing in a large drawing room, and at bottom, men, a woman, and two children standing outdoors on a street at seaside. At bottom c... more

Templar's chart

Templar's chart

138 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Holland & Stinson.

Sir John B. Morris / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Sir John B. Morris / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Photograph shows Morris in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, and sash standing next to table with crucifix, book, and skull on top.

Sir John McClelland / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Sir John McClelland / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Photograph shows McClelland in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, and sash. Negative no. 14350. Title from item. Originally in album belonging to Joel B. Clough, Civilian Engineer, United States Militar... more

[Unidentified man in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, sash, and Knights Templar hat with sword] / C. C. Giers, Nashville.

[Unidentified man in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, sash, ...

Title devised by Library staff. Originally in album belonging to Joel B. Clough, Civilian Engineer, United States Military Railroad, 1863 and 1864. Gift; Florence C. Abel; 1961.

Sir Jas. McCallum / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Sir Jas. McCallum / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Photograph shows McCallum in Masonic regalia including belt and sash standing next to table with folded gauntlets on top. Negative no. 14951. Title from item. Originally in album belonging to Joel B. Clough, Ci... more

Sir John Frizzell / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Sir John Frizzell / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Photograph shows Frizzell in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, and sash standing next to table with hat on top. Negative no. 13965. Title from item. Originally in album belonging to Joel B. Clough, Civ... more

Masonic certificate

Masonic certificate

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Reen, Chas., copyright ... more

Sir Morton B. Howell / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn.

Sir Morton B. Howell / C. C. Giers, 43 & 45 Union St., Nashville, Tenn...

Photograph shows Howell in Masonic regalia including gauntlets, belt, and sash standing next to table with book and hat on top. Negative no. 14212. Title from item. Originally in album belonging to Joel B. Clou... more

Masonic, historic and antiquarian.  Ruined monumental column, at Quiriguá, Republic of Guatemala, C.A.

Masonic, historic and antiquarian. Ruined monumental column, at Quiri...

Column found among others, at the ancient ruin of Quirigua, covered with symbols of a Masonic character.

Masonic chart.

Masonic chart.

On verso: No. 361, Lyman T. Moore, Title, Filed February 18th, 1865. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Co... more

Sixth Street, Sacramento City, Grammar School - Baptist Church, Masonic Hall

Sixth Street, Sacramento City, Grammar School - Baptist Church, Masoni...

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 1077. LOT subdivision subject: Sacramento. This record contains unverified old data from caption card.

Sacramento City, K Street, Masonic Hall and Catholic Church

Sacramento City, K Street, Masonic Hall and Catholic Church

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 1064. LOT subdivision subject: Sacramento. This record contains unverified old data from caption card.

Masonic and Odd Fellows Hall, San José, Santa Clara County

Masonic and Odd Fellows Hall, San José, Santa Clara County

The Library holds only one photo from a pair published as a stereographic view. Gems of California scenery, no. 63. LOT subdivision subject: San Jose. This record contains unverified old data from caption card.

Sec. 1st, Sec. 2nd, prayer

Sec. 1st, Sec. 2nd, prayer

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Sherer, John, copyright... more

The Lord's prayer of the Freemasons, translated from the German by Julius Frankel

The Lord's prayer of the Freemasons, translated from the German by Jul...

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Weik, John Duval Steam ... more

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Arizona meeting in the cave in the mine of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co. at Bisbee, Arizona, Nov. 12th 1897 / A. Miller.

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Arizona meeting in the cave in the mine of ...

69856C U.S. Copyright Office. No. 5. Copyright by A. Miller, Globe, Ariz.

To all free and accepted Masons on the face of the globe certificate

To all free and accepted Masons on the face of the globe certificate

4221 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2... more

First annual reception of the Illinois state Republican association at Music Hall, Masonic temple. Friday evening, February 6th, 1871. Complimentary. Admit gentlemen and ladies [Washington, D. C. 1871].

First annual reception of the Illinois state Republican association at...

Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 206, Folder 14a.

[Masonic chart]

[Masonic chart]

C8398 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Ehrgott & Krebs.

New Masonic Temple, Phila
New Masonic temple, Grand Lodge room, west [Philadelphia]

New Masonic temple, Grand Lodge room, west [Philadelphia]

Stereograph showing interior view. F. Gutekunst, Photog'r, No. 712 Arch Street. From James Cremer's Stereoscopic Emporium, 18 South Eighth St., Philadelphia. Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress). T... more

Masonic chart of the Scottish rite

Masonic chart of the Scottish rite

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Nettles, J. G., copyrig... more

The masonic chart

The masonic chart

Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 4418

Masonic register

Masonic register

1204 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2... more

Odd Fellowship illustrated

Odd Fellowship illustrated

Print showing a statue of a woman holding a shield over a young man and a young woman. Encircling the statue, under an eye labeled "Friendship Love and Truth," are vignettes of scenes from ancient times, as wel... more

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, in Masonic regalia]

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly ...

J155450 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Alex.-Washn. Lodge #22 A.F. & A.M., Alexandria, Va. Photograph by Jameson Studio, Alexandria, Va.

AntiMasonic Convention in Valdimor [on the] corner-stone march

AntiMasonic Convention in Valdimor [on the] corner-stone march

An illustrated sheet music cover for a march dedicated to the Masons. According to the text the march was performed "at the Ceremony of laying the Corner Stone of the Masonic Temple, Boston." The illustration p... more

The mighty meeting of the Masons / J. Keppler.

The mighty meeting of the Masons / J. Keppler.

Print shows four elderly men wearing Masonic uniforms, standing between the Masonic pillars labeled "Boaz" and "Jachin" that look like barber poles; the men are performing a song and dance routine. Title from i... more

First section, second section, third section

First section, second section, third section

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Category designation on... more

In god we trust

In god we trust

Print showing bust portrait of "Jonathan & David" in oval surrounded by religious and masonic scenes and symbols. 768 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. Caption continues: Friendship, Love & Truth. "But th... more

Master mason's chart, third section

Master mason's chart, third section

642 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-20... more

Johnstown Flood, 1889: Masonic Headquarters #25

Johnstown Flood, 1889: Masonic Headquarters #25

Disaster relief. Photo copyrighted by Langill & Darling. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Disaster relief; Freemasons; Flood 1889; Relief; Geogr.; Shelf.

Masonic tie

Masonic tie

16817 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-... more

Masonic Temple, Chicago

Masonic Temple, Chicago

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Chicago Bank Note Compa... more

Craft. Apprentice. Sec. 2nd

Craft. Apprentice. Sec. 2nd

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Category designation on... more

Master, sec. 1st, Sec. 2nd, prayer

Master, sec. 1st, Sec. 2nd, prayer

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Category designation on... more

Masonic from "[Chicago, die Geschichte einer Wunderstadt.] Chicago, the Wonder City"

Masonic from "[Chicago, die Geschichte einer Wunderstadt.] Chicago, th...

This image has been taken from scan 000329 from "[Chicago, die Geschichte einer Wunderstadt.] Chicago, the Wonder City". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users... more

Jr. O.U.A.M

Jr. O.U.A.M

23283 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-... more

To all free and accepted masons on the face of the globe

To all free and accepted masons on the face of the globe

4221 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2... more

Masonic Temple, Chicago

Masonic Temple, Chicago

Includes Temple Theatre and Central Music Hall. Corresponding glass transparency (same series code) available on videodisc frame 1A-29435. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 012617. Gift; State Historical Society of Co... more

Center Blue Lodge Room, Masonic temple, Detroit

Center Blue Lodge Room, Masonic temple, Detroit

Title from jacket. "Harry J. Dean Co." on jacket; probably painters or decorators. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 042821. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

East Blue Lodge Room, Masonic Temple, Detroit

East Blue Lodge Room, Masonic Temple, Detroit

Title from jacket. "Harry J. Dean Co." on jacket; probably painters or decorators. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 042820. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Masonic Temple, Chicago

Masonic Temple, Chicago

Copyright 1901 by Detroit Photographic Co. Title from item. Similar image (LC-D4-12617). Detroit Publishing Co. no. "53624". Forms part of: Photochrom Print Collection. More information about the Photochrom Pri... more

Masonic record, emblematic history of F. and A.M

Masonic record, emblematic history of F. and A.M

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Vickroy, J. M., copyrig... more

Masonic temple, Chicago

Masonic temple, Chicago

Exterior view of Masonic temple, Chicago. H8754 U.S. Copyright Office.

[Pa]noramic photo Colonial Theatre Bldg., Hotel Touraine and Masonic Bldg.

[Pa]noramic photo Colonial Theatre Bldg., Hotel Touraine and Masonic B...

Copyright deposit; E. Chickering & Co.; November 13, 1903; DLC/PP-1903:41984. On front: "Copyright by E. Chickering & Co., 1903, reproduction forbidden".

Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, Pa

Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, Pa

"G 2719" on negative. Detroit Publishing Co. no. 018589. Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.

Masonic record certificate

Masonic record certificate

F50226 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005... more

Masonic Register certificate

Masonic Register certificate

F50226 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005... more

Record certificate

Record certificate

F50226 U.S. Copyright Office. General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005... more

[Renaissance Lodge Room in Masonic Temple, New York City]

[Renaissance Lodge Room in Masonic Temple, New York City]

J134501 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Wurts(?) Brothers Photo., N.Y.

Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Phot... more